Women – the Topic of Testosterone is Important for You Too!
Last week we discussed low Testosterone in men, the causes and the symptoms of it. But testosterone is critical for women too – even if men take all the headlines. Calling it the ‘man’s hormone’ is so out of date!
Calling Testosterone (T) the ‘male hormone’ is simply uninformed and out of date because women rely on T too. Testosterone keeps everything from your emotions, to your blood, to your bones to your skin and hair and even your fertility and libido in good balance, but only when your T is in balance.
Here are 5 surprising symptoms of high and low testosterone in women, and what you need to know now to fix them(there are a lot more, but these are the big ones our FEWL clients ask about):
1. Low libido and even inability to orgasm
When T goes low, you’ll find less interest in sex (even though you still desire your partner) and when you do have sex, it is less likely to be as enjoyable as in the past. The only sex-drive boosting drug we know of is getting your testosterone back to healthy levels.
2. Can’t lose weight, especially in your middle, with prolonged, stubborn plateaus and rebounds
Testosterone helps regulate the placement of fat and muscle on your body. Lower T shifts the balance in favor of fat and impairs your ability to make muscle.
3. You’re tired – all the time. You also very likely have deficient blood or red blood cell count.
Low T is clearly associated with low energy and lack of motivation – especially to get outside and move. The same applies to your red blood cell count: it’s much more than yester-year’s advice of simply taking iron supplements.
4. You’re depressed or anxious
Testosterone isn’t directly causing depression, but lower levels have a significant impact to amplify anything else that is causing your depression. Worse, having chronically low levels means you are much more likely to have anxiety as well as depression.
5. You have a weak grip, which means you also have weak bones
Estrogen is the key hormone for avoiding osteoporosis, but it’s shown now that Testosterone is a critical player in bone health. Women with low T are considered ‘frail’ and cannot hold a firmer handshake.
But what if you have too MUCH Testosterone?
Or that you simply aren’t able to use what you make: 95% of the time, higher testosterone in women means there is something else that’s not correct, such as other hormone imbalances. Sometimes though, it can be related to adrenal disease, PCOS or tumors. So the REAL question is, if your testosterone is high, WHY is it high? Here are the top five symptoms of High T:
1. Weight gain, especially in your middle and difficulty losing the weight
Turns out having extra weight and fat on you causes you to make more testosterone. This is really a problem because the fat cells actually increase Insulin resistance where your body loses the ability to metabolize blood sugars and instead, you store it to make more fat. As Insulin resistance increases, so do the levels of testosterone and estrogen and you get ‘thicker’ in your belly. It’s a vicious cycle if not corrected.
2. Depression, irritability and anger
Higher testosterone affects the Adrenal glands – causing them to release more cortisol (the stress & belly fat hormone) and in turn reduces the amount of ‘happy’ hormone, serotonin. You get a shorter and shorter temper and are called a bitch more often.
3. Facial hair, thicker body hair and maybe even thinning hair and hair loss
Your skin areas become more sensitive to the increased levels as testosterone and associated androgen hormones increase, and you grow more hair in the places you don’t want and less in the places you want to keep it.
High testosterone causes an increase in sebum, which is a substance that blocks skin pores. Bacteria on your face react to this, causing inflammation and formation of acne.
5. Irregular menstruation and… infertility
This one is straightforward. You get high testosterone and you get menstrual irregularities that lead to infertility.
6. We said 5 symptoms, but this is a bonus one we can’t omit: imbalances in your other hormones including the anti-aging hormone (you look older), thyroid (you have no energy and you’re gaining weight), estrogen / progesterone balances are off (you’re in menopause and the symptoms are crazy-intense and seemingly never-ending).
So clearly, when you have either too little, too much, or you simply aren’t using appropriately using what you make, it’s a major problem(s). Although you should know what your hormone profile and levels are, including Testosterone, it’s equally important to know which test is appropriate for you.
Traditional blood tests at the Doctor’s office are fading fast from being the “test of choice” for many reasons, but mostly because they only show your hormone level at one time of day, not your whole profile, and worse, they only tell you what your level of hormone is, but not whether you are or are not actually using the stuff.
We highly recommend using the Dutch urine test for hormones including Testosterone because:
- It records your hormone rhythms and amounts across an entire 24 hours, so you learn better what’s going on in your entire hormone profile.
- It’s painless – no needles
- It’s convenient – do it at home, no need to take time to visit a physician or a lab or pay for parking and you don’t need to take time from work or play to fight traffic to get there
- It’s affordable and it’s considered more accurate than blood testing
- Best of all, it comes with an expert FEWL debrief of what you need to do to correct any hormones, which most often you can do without medications that too often treat a symptom but mask the root cause and thus the problem never really goes away.
The other things you can start doing right now if you have any of these symptoms include:
- Take the FEWL assessments to see where you rank on your hormones ( Male | Female )
- Go for a walk outside every evening
- Get outside in the morning for 30 minutes
- Start some kind of weight or strength training
- Eat at regular times
- Go to sleep at regular times
- Take the FEWL body toxicity assessment to determine if there are environmental aspects to your hormone balance
- Book a free strategy session with an expert FEWL coach
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